Fall is coming people. And you know what that means? Transitional dressing.
See this sweet, little dress? I’ve pretty much been living in it ever since I got it. This time of year where I live, I never really know what to wear, other than layers.
The mornings tend to be cold, the afternoons hot, and the evenings back to cold again. Since I’m not about that “cold life”, I need pieces that keep me cozy all day long. I’m also not the greatest at layering. Once, sadly, in an attempt to do Garance-Doré-esque layers with a blazer over a cardigan over a button-down over a tank, I ended up looking like a sweaty, uncomfortable, J.Crew-clad, Michelin Tire Man. Finding one-piece gems like this crazy dress keep me pretty happy.
The dress has everything…literally. Cold shoulders, bell sleeves and long ties at the neck. It also features a tied waist, wrap detail at the bust and a skirt comprised of one print in the front with another print wrapped around the back. Let’s not forget the pom-pom/rick rack-like hem. And GAWD – do you know how much Googling it took to find out that the particular hem is called “rick rack”???
This dress has “impulse buy” written all over it, and that is exactly what it was. I thought I’d probably wear it once and that’s it. So far, I’ve worn it about five times, and since it only cost me $29.99 at Marshalls Canada, it has already surpassed its cost per wear value in my book. I never thought that the Crazy Dress would be such a wardrobe all-star and all around crowd-pleaser (people stop me constantly when I wear it).
In addition to being surprisingly beautiful, it’s warm, but not heavy. The cotton fabric is soft, cozy and a pleasure to wear. That wrap around skirt gives the dress an uneven hem that catches the wind beautifully and looks stunning when I walk.
The only thing I don’t like about this dress? You need a degree in physics to put it on properly thanks to the two shoulder cut outs, giant plunging neckline, actual hole for your head and keyhole at the back. I had a meltdown trying it on in the Marshalls Canada fitting room just trying to get my head through the right hole. I must have sounded like Tommy Callahan in that airplane bathroom scene from Tommy Boy…but I persevered. That scene, by the way, should have earned that movie an Oscar. Watch it. Watch it now.
The Crazy Dress will be coming with me on my upcoming trip to Spain so stay tuned to see how I style it in warmer climes! Seems like the perfect sangria-sipping dress.
*Thank you to Marshalls Canada for providing this gorgeous dress in exchange for my honest opinion.